Someone busier than you is working out right now and getting into top shape. Richard Branson has gone on record to say that working out is what has kept him productive all of these years.
So what the hell is stopping you?
When you have a steady routine, you can lead a steady life. With a 9-5 gig your life is pretty routine. You know when you start work, have break with your co-workers, go home, and watch your favorite programs. You have a gym routine and pretty steady eating habits. You don’t eat late at night because you’re likely in bed early for the next full day of work.
As a freelancer, life is anything but routine.
Chances also are that you travel often. Some trips are for work. Many are for adventure.
The problem is that you still want to look great. Image is everything. You want to boost your self-confidence so that you feel great when you meet clients and other freelancers.
You want to look like a million bucks. I get it.
Let’s look at the two components to looking like a million bucks: eating right and training smart.
What do you eat and how do you eat to look amazing?
The toughest part about the eating right as a freelancer is that, well, you’re likely not that into cooking. You also don’t know what your schedule is going to be like. You might have any of the following issues:
- Clients cancel.
- You find a new client.
- You get the motivation to work on a new project at 2am and are up until the morning.
- You have busywork all day.
I have to tell you this — EATING IS EVERYTHING!
With that being said, how do you master the eating part?
We only eat junk food out of convenience. The only way to combat this is to, not keep junk food at your desk! Stop buying crap. Buy decent food and you won’t eat any junk.
Below are my top tips for looking and feeling like a million bucks as a freelancer when it comes to food:
- Try to eat almonds, vegetables, and beans for energy.
- Consume lots of protein.
- Have a cheat day once a week where you pig out to curb those cravings.
- Drink tons of water to stay hydrated.
- Avoid fast food joints with clients.
There you have it. Stop buying Doritos and everything will be fine.
Now it’s time to train.
I’m odd because I love training. I just competed in a half-marathon with no training.
Working out as a freelancer can be done anywhere, from a playground in the park to a gym in your hotel.
We’ll look at training in a gym (for those of you that like the social aspect) and working out without a gym membership (for those that travel often).
How to train in a gym.
There are two ways you can go here. You can stick to the main lifts and building strength (deadlifts, squats, and bench) or you can take classes. I go through phases here. At this point I hit the main lifts and attend MMA-classes at my gym. The classes are in the middle of the day (doesn’t anyone work) and are a refreshing break from my regular routine.
Classes are awesome because they remove your decision making for the day. You don’t have to think about anything. You just show up and work out. As a freelancer, less is more. You don’t want to stress about what workout you’re going to do.
Martin’s quick tip: get your ass in the gym. Join a class and show up.
How to build muscle without the gym.
What if you can’t join a gym, don’t want to commit, or just don’t want to spend the money? Are you out of luck? Nope. Not at all.
You can easily train at home with one of the many home-based training programs, go to the park, or just throw in random activities into your daily life so that you don’t get fat.
For example, what’s stopping you from 20 pushups after you send that email? Nothing!
Martin’s quick tip: do something. Hit some pushups, pull yourself up off the tree branch, or run up a hill. No more excuses.
Wait a minute — what about alcohol?
Ah yes, booze. There are so many occasions to drink as a freelancer. You don’t have to worry about the boss stopping you from chugging a beer because you are the freaking boss!
The best part of freelancing is that you don’t have a set schedule. You can get completely wasted on a Monday night and just relax on Tuesday!
The problem here is that, well, drinking heavily on a daily basis will get you fat. So you know the deal. I don’t have to tell you what to do. Why not limit the amount you drink per week?
Finally, you need to check out my ultimate three week kickstarter course to reclaim your fitness life.
That’s how you can look and feel like a million bucks as a freelancer.